Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 14th October 2020.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will (a) commission and (b) resource local authorities to conduct covid -19 test, track and trace programmes.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Government wants as many people as possible to live their lives as close to normally as possible, in a way which is as fair and as safe as possible. In order to achieve this, we need both national and local support for communities.

We have given local authorities powers to act quickly in response to local outbreaks and the ability to take enforcement measures if necessary. Local authorities and Directors of Public Health have postcode level data on people who have tested positive in their areas to help in detecting a rise in cases, clusters or outbreaks.

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